Industry News | November 14, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Final Franchise Deal in Memphis

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Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, JP Foods LLC, to develop a dozen new restaurants throughout Memphis, Tennessee. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020.

This team, led by partners Peter Garner and Jonathan Vacca, will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. This group has strong ties in the Memphis community and years of experience in the quick-serve industry operating successful concepts.

“We are excited to continue to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence throughout Memphis and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work, and visit here,” says Peter Garner, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the years to come.”

With these agreements, the Memphis market is officially sold out. Opportunities still remain available throughout Tennessee, in Nashville and Knoxville. To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin’ Donuts aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture, and lighting. These designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment, and layout to serve people all day long. Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin’ Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides consistent quality products that guests expect. In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, and universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high level of customer service to our guests every day,” says Grant Benson, CFE and vice president of global franchising and business development for Dunkin’ Brands. “We believe these new franchise partners will become an important part of the local communities they serve.”